Past Meetings

June 6, 2019: Elections and Field Day Preparations.

May 2, 2019: Pizza party

Annual Post Flea Pizza Party was held at Papa Ginos, 104 Boston Post Road Sudbury, MA.

April 4, 2019:  Ted Robinson, K1QAR , Mag Loop Antennas

He gave a talk on mag loop antennas. He demonstrated one at the Marlboro Flea.

March 7, 2019:  Rob Macedo, KD1CY on Update on ARES

He is the Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator and ARES SKYWARN Coordinator for NWS Boston/Norton. See for more information on ARES.

February 7, 2019:  Tom Kinahan, N1CPE, on MARS: Military Auxiliary Radio System

MARS or Military Auxiliary Radio System has changed dramatically from it’s creation in 1925. ARMY and AIR FORCE MARS members support a very different mission than you may have heard of before 2010. Every day, MARS members are operating mixed mode voice/data nets using encrypted communications in support of a DoD Mission to provide situational awareness to DoD planners, in the event of a “Very Bad Day” scenario.  Learn about MARS, and how all Amateurs can support this mission, without joining MARS, and learn how to join MARS, if you have the capability and interest.

Bio:  Tom Kinahan N1CPE has been a ham for 38 years, with experience participating in Boston Marathon communications for over 30 of those years, Past experience volunteering with the Red Cross as a Disaster Action Team member and leader, and former Massachusetts State RACES officer, currently US ARMY MARS Member/Leader since 2010.

February 7, 2019: Fred Beihold, NV1N,  presents an interesting idea coming out of the Shack Search Committee.

Promoting Awards as a Catalyst

January 3, 2019:  Video “Nine DXpeditions to DXCC Ten Most Wanted” from the collection of David Hoaglin K1HT. We also had our “Show and Tell”.

His source for the DVD that we viewed (Nine DXpeditions to DXCC “Ten Most Wanted”) was .  Bob lists several videos besides that one.

December 6, 2018:  FARA Holiday Dinner at Carbone’s Restaurant in Hopkinton, MA.

November 1, 2018: BITX40 and uBITX QRP radio kit – Andy Stewart, KB1OIQ

Andy Stewart spoke about the BITX40 and uBITX QRP kit radios from India.  These very popular transceivers are openly specified for both hardware and software, and have thus encouraged a lot of tinkering.  Andy discussed many of the common modifications, as well as his extensive modifications to the Arduino software.  Andy has also modified the kit to make it accessible to visually impaired hams.  There was a demonstration of Andy’s version of both of these transceivers.

October 4, 2018:  6-Meter Sporadic E and Weather Systems – Joe Dzekevich, K1YOW

Joe’s presentation will use Amateur Radio to explore possible correlations between weather systems and sporadic E clouds to see if they are collocated.

The presentation slides are available for download.

6-Meter Sporadic E and Weather Systems

September 6, 2018: Tom Walsh K1TW, Eastern Mass. ARRL section manager.

“What’s New and Exciting in the Eastern Massachusetts (EMA) ARRL Section”

 There are major changes occurring in the hobby.  How should the section and clubs like FARA stay on top of all of this?  First off, let’s understand exactly what a section manager does and why clubs like FARA are important to the section.

Then driven by FARA’s interests, Tom will discuss some of many new initiatives in the Eastern Massachusetts section.  Here are some possible topics, time permitting.

  • The Sci-Tech Amateur Radio Society (STARS)
  • The New Eastern Massachusetts Section Website.
  • The New Eastern Massachusetts Facebook page
  • What is new about Eastern Massachusetts ARES?
  • What is ARES Connect?
  • Changes to the ARRL Official Observer Program
  • What can FARA do going forward?
  • Time for Questions

Tom will wrap up the  with the donation of an ARRL book.

June 7, 2018:  Fred, NV1N

Fred, NV1N on traffic passing practice, Field Day discussions, elections of officers, scholarship awards.

May 3, 2018: Pizza Party

Pizza Party Thursday May 3, 7:30 pm, Papa Ginos on Rt. 30, 341 Cochituate Road Framingham.

April 5, 2018: Larry Banks, W1DYJ

Larry Banks, W1DYJ  “One Ham’s Journey with Antennas” (It’s sort of a historical survey of the antennas I’ve built/used/etc., ending with a quick look at FT8 and 160. )

March 1, 2018: Dan Pedtke, KW2T

Dan Pedtke, KW2T, on Impedence Matching

Feb 1, 2018: Bob De Mattia, K1IW

Bob De Mattia, K1IW, on Repeater Coordination

November 2, 2017:  Andy Boughton, KC1DMM

Andy Boughton, SDR radios. slides

Andy’s Slides

Framingham Amateur Radio Association